John Mace Urquhart was born January 25, 1941 in Emporia Kansas. He graduated from Emporia State College with a B.A. in Marketing Research. He continued in this field until he established his own business within the Jewel Tea Company servicing many customers in the Treasure Valley area here in Idaho. His customers became his friends and he cared very much for each and often was involved with their family events. John was a Christian having made his profession of faith in Jesus Christ and baptized in Weatherford, OK. It was in school there that he met his future wife Eileen Mize. They were married and continued to serve our Lord in churches in Erie, PA and Boise ID. John was a quiet behind-the- scenes person who enjoyed helping others. After retirement he loved his volunteer work which included work with Boise Parks and Rec as a tree steward and greeting at the Idaho Military History Museum at Gowen Field. He spent many hours doing maintenance work at his church, Calvary Baptist Church. He always felt this was his service.
His special interests were in woodworking and photography. In his workshop he crafted many beautiful articles of wood, most of which he gave away as gifts. His photography was excellent and gave him a way to record the trips he made. He enjoyed traveling and he and Eileen were blessed with several European trips, British Isles, Ireland as well as trips to Alaska and Hawaii. He loved going to the Oregon Coast. His trips, as well as being an avid reader, supported his great interest in history, especially military history.
He loved working in his yard and growing beautiful plants; especially those that had flowers. Recently he was particularly proud of his begonias. John was a lover of dogs and always had such a special relationship with the four they adopted during their 54 years of marriage. His last dog, Lucky was a very special “furry” friend.
John loved his children with all his heart. Together, he and Eileen have one son, Tom; daughter-in-law, Tami; granddaughter, Betsy; and great granddaughter, Gyspy. Family meant so much to John and he looked forward to every gathering, no matter how formal or casual.
John was very generous. He supported St. Joseph’s Indian School, Wounded Warriors, Idaho Humane Society, the Learning Lab as well as others. He will be missed and loved forever.